SSHRC Partnership Grants

SSHRC Partnership Grants (PG) provide support to new or existing partnerships for initiatives that advance research, research training, and/or knowledge mobilization in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

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SSHRC PG Quick Facts


Stage 1: Letter of Intent (LOI), application deadline: Feb 15th 2019

  • LOI funding: up to $20,000
  • Letters of support needed from partners (draft letter templates available from SPARC)
  • Letter of support needed from UBC-VPRI (brokered through SPARC)

Stage 2: Full Application, by invitation, application deadline: Nov 1st 2020

  • Full application funding: up to $500,000 per year, up to $2.5 Million in total
  • Duration: 4-7 years
  • 35% matching funds required (cash and/or in-kind)
  • Letters of support needed from partners (draft letter templates available from SPARC)
  • Letter of support needed from UBC-VPRI (brokered through SPARC)


SPARC Support Services for PG LOI and Full Application Stages


Program Outreach
  • Individual or group meetings: discussion of project, competition overview, workplan, timelines, other information sources
  • Workshops and information sessions
  • Test-Your-Concept (highly recommended for Partnership Grants)

In preparation for the 2019 SSHRC Partnership Grant (PG) Phase 1 competition, SPARC is hosting a Test Your Concept (TYC) panel on Friday, November 30 (9am-1pm). Panel members, including previous PG awardees and other SSHRC experts, will meet with each participant for 30-45 minutes to provide constructive feedback on research concepts. Please register for TYC by sending a 1-page summary of your research (as a Word document) to Erica Machulak by Monday, November 19. In the body of the email, please include your availability between 9am-1pm on November 30. Time slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Project/ Proposal Development

Introduction & Planning Meetings:

  • Partnership and research strategies
  • Project framework and governance structures
  • Team, partnership and network building and brainstorming sessions
  • Budget and in-kind/cash contributions
  • Meetings with students/program managers for training on proposal preparation
Proposal Review
  • SPARC Review : Initial, in-depth written review of drafts of proposals or modules , follow-up meetings and communications
  • SPARC Internal Peer Review: by previous successful UBC SSHRC PG applicants
  • SPARC Final Review: final reviews, editing and polishing of full drafts and modules before final submission
  • Letters of Support from VPRI: brokered through SPARC

Note: reviews are offered in partnership with Faculty-/Institute-based grant facilitators

Final Submission

For submission please consult UBC Office of Research Services to confirm requirements ORS Calendar of Deadlines and don’t forget your Research Project Information Form (to submit before SSHRC application)

SSHRC PG Program Statistics


SPARC Contacts

Danica Kell, Research Development Officer

Erica Machulak, Research Development Officer

Alan Kingstone, SSH Research Advisor, VPRI